Lupo Italiano/ Italian wolfdog

Life expectancy

12 years

Age adult

20 months

Height (Shoulder height)

65 cm


24 kg

Coat texture

medium length / undercoat

Coat color

brown, spotted, orange&falb, white

Common illnesses

no diseases known for this breed

Food expenses per month in €

about € 55

Suitable for children

Rather not

Needs a garden

Rather yes

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather yes

First dog suitable

Rather not

Allergy friendly

Rather not


Very atletic


Needs more attention

Care and grooming

Low grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


sensitive / alert / bold / loyal / independent / careful

Bred for

work dog

Common illnesses

no diseases known for this breed

Dog type according to FCI

not FCI approved

FCI description

Not FCI Approved

Short description

The Lupo Italiano or Italian wolfdog is the product of a cross breeding of wolves and German shepherds in the Neatherlands. They should have been originally used as working dogs but they were too shy to do their jobs. The shyness is a byproduct of cross breeding with wolves. This breed needs soft but firm training and early socialization. Not suitable for beginners.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.